Type Surname (from occupation & from location)
Pronounced Pron. PWA-RO(French)
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Meaning & History

From a diminutive of French poire "pear", originally referring to a pear merchant or someone who lived near a pear tree. Starting in 1920 this name was used by the mystery writer Agatha Christie for her Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Christie based the name on that of Jules Poiret, a contemporary fictional detective.

Related Names

VariantPoirier(French)
Other Languages & CulturesPerry(English) Pereira, Pereiro, Pereyra(Galician) Pereira, Pereyra(Portuguese)

Entry added April 25, 2021